Talk about a change-the-culture season. Never mind the disappointment of losing a heartbreaker to Alabama in the national championship game.

From my dispassionate Midwestern perch, Georgia is a very different team than it was a year ago.

At this time this year, I thought of the Dawgs as a team that seemed to have all the ingredients except for the secret sauce that lets teams play their best when it matters most.

No disrespect to Mark Richt, whom I have always liked as a man and respected as a coach. And it looks like he and his alma mater are benefitting immensely from his move to Miami.

But Kirby Smart, finally lured away from the Alabama staff of Nick Saban to stand on his own, has put the needed swagger in the Dawgs. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.